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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

Please provide under the provisions of FOI legislation

1. Does your authority have a Corporate Fraud Team, if so when was the team incorporated?
2. Details of the number of referrals received during the financial year 2016/17, this should include details of number of referrals with a breakdown of the type of suspected fraud e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
3. Details of the value of fraud or error established during the financial year 2016/17, this should include details of fraud or error with a breakdown of the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
4. Details of the number of cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal for consideration of criminal proceedings. Again this should include a breakdown of the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
5. The number of employees dismissed or tendered their resignation either as a result of or during the course of an investigation.
6. I understand that Housing Benefit investigation is the responsibility of the DWP but believe that your investigations could also result in the identification of Housing Benefit fraud or error. Please provide a breakdown of any housing benefit fraud or error identified by your corporate fraud team.

Yours faithfully,

David C Rodger

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Dear Mr Rodger,

Re: help desk request (ticket ref 2017102527000013)
Thank you for your recent request submitted under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please see the information requested
below.

1. Does your authority have a Corporate Fraud Team, if so when was the
team incorporated?
 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar do not have a Corporate Fraud Team.

2. Details of the number of referrals received during the financial year
2016/17 this should include details of number of referrals with a
breakdown of the type of suspected fraud e.g. Council Tax Reduction,
Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other
types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
 None, HB fraud investigated by DWP Single Fraud Investigation Service.

3. Details of the value of fraud or error established during the financial
year 2016/17, this should include details of fraud or error with a
breakdown of the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax
Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all
other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
In respect of Council Tax Reduction £0.00.

4. Details of the number of cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal for
consideration of criminal proceedings. Again this should include a
breakdown of the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax
Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all
other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
In respect of Council Tax Reduction, none.

5. The number of employees dismissed or tendered their resignation either
as a result of or during the course of an investigation.
6. I understand that Housing Benefit investigation is the responsibility
of the DWP but believe that your investigations could also result in the
identification of Housing Benefit fraud or error. Please provide a
breakdown of any housing benefit fraud or error identified by your
corporate fraud team.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar do not have a Corporate Fraud Team.

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Kind regards
Rebecca Macleod - CE

FOI Team
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Sandwick Road | Stornoway | Isle of Lewis |
HS1 2BW
Email: [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar request email]
Web: [3]http://www..cne-siar.gov.uk
Tel: 0845 600 70 90 (Extension 211222)

25/10/2017 00:10 - David C Rodger wrote:
Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

Please provide under the provisions of FOI legislation

1. Does your authority have a Corporate Fraud Team, if so when was the
team
incorporated?
2. Details of the number of referrals received during the financial year
2016/17,
this should include details of number of referrals with a breakdown of the
type of
suspected fraud e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue
Badge,
Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything
else
investigated by the team.
3. Details of the value of fraud or error established during the financial
year
2016/17, this should include details of fraud or error with a breakdown of
the
type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax
Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud
or error
or anything else investigated by the team.
4. Details of the number of cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal for
consideration of criminal proceedings. Again this should include a
breakdown of
the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council
Tax
Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud
or error
or anything else investigated by the team.
5. The number of employees dismissed or tendered their resignation either
as a
result of or during the course of an investigation.
6. I understand that Housing Benefit investigation is the responsibility
of the
DWP but believe that your investigations could also result in the
identification
of Housing Benefit fraud or error. Please provide a breakdown of any
housing
benefit fraud or error identified by your corporate fraud team.

Yours faithfully,

David C Rodger

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